Tell us about supply issues and staff shortages | Free mentoring with Google and Enterprise Nation | Cllr Chris Brown meets local business owners | Are you a hero of net zero?

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From Horsham District Council

New survey: Tell us about supply issues and staff shortages

Please take five minutes to respond to our latest Horsham District Business Issues and Needs Survey.

The purpose of this survey is to understand the current impact of supply chain issues and staff shortages on Horsham District businesses and to identify local sourcing and skills development needs. 

The data collected within this survey will help inform some of Horsham District Council's Economic Development initiatives supporting local businesses.

The survey is split into two sections. The first section asks questions on supply chains, local sourcing, staff shortages and skills development needs. The second section asks a bit more about your business, so we can determine needs according to business type.

Take the survey

Apply for LEAP funding

Jan and Sue of Stitch Storrington

If you're a small business with an idea to grow your organisation, you could receive a grant of up to £2,000 towards the project.

Stitch of Storrington is an independent fabric shop that offers sewing lessons and sells a range of fabric and habadashery. Business owners Jan and Sue tell us more about how their LEAP grant helped them:

"The LEAP grant enabled us to send out 32,000 leaflets to both the surrounding villages and those a little further away via Royal Mail. The leaflets have really helped raise our profile and we have had a lot of feedback from new customers who received one and subsequently came to see the shop. Many of those customers have also passed on our details to others so without doubt, the Leap grant has been very beneficial and much appreciated by us."

Apply for LEAP funding

Cllr Chris Brown meets local business owners

Councillor Chris Brown and Metricell team

This month Horsham District Council Councillor Chris Brown (Cabinet Member for Local Economy) kicked off a series of meetings with key local businesses in Horsham District. His first visit was to Metricell, a thriving technology business based in Horsham. They focus on first to market connectivity and networking solutions with blue chip clients, operating in a global market, from the Horsham District.

In his visit, Cllr Brown met with Metricell’s core team and was given an overview of how their business is shaping the global future in their sector with a forward thinking and innovative outlook.

“We were delighted to welcome Councillor Chris Brown to our Metricell office, and have the opportunity to share our journey as a business, and where we see ourselves in the connectivity market space” said Tom Staniland, Metricell’s MD.

“Operating our headquarters within Horsham and supporting our local charities and community is incredibly important to us. This means we are able to provide excellent job opportunities within our Metricell team, whilst helping to support our local colleges with apprenticeship and graduate schemes.”

Cllr Brown said: "It was great to meet the Metricell team, to understand their forward-thinking approach to business, and to see how their business thrives from Horsham to the global market. They are constantly growing and developing, making sure they remain at the forefront of the future, whilst still valuing and supporting Horsham, its people and the community."

The visit is part of Cllr Brown’s recognition of businesses within Horsham who help to create a healthy and prosperous community. Keep a look out for news of his next business visits.

Free 1-to-1 mentoring with Google

Free 1-to-1 mentoring with Google

Google has a free mentoring programme through Enterprise Nation to help business owners boost their digital skills.

Book a free session now and you could get help to build and optimise your website; become more discoverable on Google Search and Maps; create a digital marketing strategy; set up a social media strategy; sell products more effectively online; and understand Google Analytics.

Sign up now

Heroes of Net Zero competition

Enter the Heroes of Net Zero competition

The UK Government has launched a Heroes for Net Zero competition to celebrate the small businesses who are taking innovative action to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions. 

Share and describe the actions your business has been taking for a chance to attend the crucial COP26 climate conference in Glasgow and win an exclusive prize package worth £4,500 to help develop and grow your business.

The competition is part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign.

Find out more

Sign up to our COVID Aware scheme

COVID-Aware Scheme

Have you signed up to our COVID Aware Scheme yet? When you do you'll get a certificate and window sticker so you can show your customers you're taking a measured level of caution in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID Aware Scheme is a way for premises to show their customers that they meet a standard of awareness of COVID-19 infection controls. These are still challenging times, so it is important that we do all that we can to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The scheme is voluntary, and any business or premises can join by meeting the following six steps. Find out more and sign up online.

Sign up  now

Webinars to look out for

Using and creating video to grow your business

Wednesday 29 September, 9.30am-10.30am

The Federation of Small Businesses are offering a one-hour webinar on video production this week. 

Video marketer and video creator Jeremy Mason will take you through the actionable steps you can take to start creating videos that will drive ROI for your business and talk you through building a sustainable video strategy that will help raise awareness of your business, establish you as an expert in your niche and ultimately drive more customers through your door.

Book a place

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